The evidence of the falsification of a chemical attack in Syria
1 the UN
During a meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia presented an evidence of the falsification of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma back in 2018. Maxim Grigoriev, the director of the ‘Foundation for the research of the problems of democracy’, spoke during the meeting. He presented to the members of the UN Security Council the testimonies of the residents of Douma. He also said that the representatives of his organization have been to Syria more than 10 times. They interviewed several hundred eyewitnesses of various events. “The testimonies of these eyewitnesses are solid evidence that the chemical attack at Douma was faked” — Maxim Grigoryev concluded. A video message from a former OPCW mission expert, Ian Henderson, who worked at Douma, was also shown at the meeting. “The conclusions in the final report were contradictory, or completely opposite to what the group found out during and after their trip to Douma. By the time the interim report was released in July of 2018 — we understood that we had serious suspicions about whether the chemical attack took place or not» — the RIA NEWS quotes the former OPCW expert. Despite the presented evidence — a number of countries continued to accuse Syria of using chemical weapons. The UK’s permanent representative to the UN, Karen Pierce, accused Russia of trying to “discredit the OPCW and its staff”.
The second preliminary report of the ‘Iranian Civil Aviation Organization’ on the crash of the ‘Ukrainian International Airlines’ airplane stated that the airplane was shot down by two short-range ground-to-air missiles from a ‘TOR-M1’ air defense system. The missiles were fired from the north. The document was published on the website of the department. The ‘Ukrainian International Airlines’ airplane was en-route from Tehran to Kiev. The airplane crashed shortly after taking off from the Tehran Airport, early in the morning, on 8th of January, on Wednesday. All 176 people on board died that day.
The ‘Al Arabiya’ TV channel reports, with a reference to the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, that the Iranian authorities requested equipment from the US and France in order to decrypt the black boxes of the crashed Boeing 737 aircraft of the ‘Ukraine International Airlines’. Iran doesn’t have the necessary technology to decrypt the data from the black boxes installed on Boeing 737 aircraft. The report mentioned that France and the US haven’t given a positive response to the Iranian request yet.
The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced on-air of the ‘NTV’ channel that the position of the commander of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, indicates that he wants a military solution of the conflict in Libya. “Khalifa Haftar must come to a political settlement. All the efforts from Turkey are aimed precisely at such thing” — Cavusoglu explained.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the statements made by the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, about the goal of Washington to change the power in Venezuela. The words of Michael Pompeo confirmed that the US «never abandoned the tactics of interference in the affairs of the independent states, and their policy of the regime changes» — said Maria Zakharova. On Monday, Michael Pompeo, during an interview to the Colombian TV channel ‘Caracol’, said that the goal of the US mission is to force the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to leave.
The Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Sergey Krivonos, during an interview to the »Radio Liberty», during their programm »Donbass — the realities», stated that the Ukrainian army should be ready for a »forced liberation of Donbass» since such option isn’t excluded. Sergey Krivonos underlined that the Ukrainian forces should be ready for the implementation of the “Croatian scenario”. A Ukrainian political scientist Sergey Kutsenko, while commenting on this statement, said that such way of the development of events in Donbass »isn’t relevant at the moment” — the »360» TV channel quoted Sergey Kutsenko.